The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters : A novel of 1849 and the rush to the gold fields by Robert Lewis Taylor
New York : Doubleday & Co., 1958. Inscribed by Robert Lewis Taylor. First Edition. Stated. Hardcover. 544 pages ; 22 cm. $4.50 dust jacket with jacket's being separated in half. Foxing to dust jacket. Sunning to spine. Foxing to front and rear endpapers. Pages are age toned, unmarked and binding is firm.
Robert Lewis Taylor's
THE TRAVELS OF JAIMIE McPHEETERS
"... a remarkably readable American picaresque tale, full of vivid and racy passages and rich in language, local color, comic situations, and scenes of horror." —Richard Chase, author of The American Novel and Its Tradition
THE TRAVELS OF JAIMIE MCPHEETERS is the sweeping, romance-warmed story of the journey of a father and his son answering the lure of California gold in 1849.
It was a harsh trip, often halted by cutthroats, Indians, disease, and murder. . .yet a trip of pastoral beauty, full of wonder for an untrod land and awakening young love.
THE TRAVELS OF JAIMIE MCPHEETERS carries you along as swiftly as it moves from crisis to crisis in the long trek from Louisville to far California.* The open-eyed clarity with which young Jaimie observed all around him—the skinning alive of a depraved bully, the incorrigible bombast of Dr. McPhee-ters, the nakedness of maidenly Jennie getting ready for bed—reveals the true picture of wagon-training West a century ago as painted by a major author.
The whole wagon train of characters —heroic or mean, good folk or bad-*Jj combine with the novel's humor, blood-letting, romance, and action to make THE TRAVELS OF JAIMIE MCPHEETERS a special reward in excitement, bitter realism, and touching tenderness.
ROBERT LEWIS TAYLOR
THE TRAVELS OF JAIMIE MCPHEETERS is not a novel that just happened. Its telling insisted on an author with a particular background, outlook, and writing experience—a person who was born in a small southern Illinois town, worked as a newspaperman, visited an island king in the South Seas, learned the importance of meticulously researched facts by writing for The New Yorker magazine, could write widely hailed books about such dissimilar men as W. C. Fields and Sir Winston Churchill, and now lives in rural Connecticut when not sojourning in the Mediterranean or Florida sun. During the War he served with the Navy, emerging as a Lieutenant Commander. Fortunately Robert Lewis Taylor met all requirements.
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